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CLIENT: Victor Benigson
COMPANY/FIRM: Managing Partner, MBS Group
TESTIMONIAL: “I have worked with Peter Weis and his team at SM&B for many years and coming from a professional services business ourselves personal services are paramount, and that is without question what they provide.

From their property side through employment and corporate services I have found all the people I have dealt with to be experts in their field, offer clear legal input with a personal understanding of who and what we need from them and execute their duties with diligence and care

I do, and will continue to, recommend them highly.

CLIENT: Oliver Linde
COMPANY/FIRM:  Director, JLR Star Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “What we especially value in our work with Simons Muirhead & Burton is the team’s pro-active and thorough approach: as a small private investment company comprised of individuals who have full-time roles in other businesses, we rely heavily on such a partner to help us navigate legal questions in a timely and efficient manner. The firm manages this consistently and reliably, with the team communicating in a pleasant, clear-cut way.”

CLIENT: Nick Gatfield
COMPANY/FIRM: Chairman of Sony Music UK and founder and CEO of Twin Music
TESTIMONIAL: “I have worked closely with Richard Baskind and the SM&B team for a number of years from major label to independent and have found their knowledge, advice and support invaluable. They are creative deal makers and smart problem solvers, tough but fair in equal measure, and have protected me from myself on many occasions.”

CLIENT: Justin Walford
COMPANY/FIRM: Editorial Legal Counsel at News Group Newspapers Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: “Top media team with enormous experience of privacy and defamation cases and Louis Charalambous is quite simply one of the best media litigation solicitors in the country.

CLIENT: Client, family department
TESTIMONIAL: "From the moment I met Jane McDonagh I was taken in by her kindness and empathy. I made an emotive on the spot decision to try out this new family department. One of the best decisions I ever made to date.  She assured me that the solicitor she was assigning to my case had the expertise that I desperately needed. That solicitor was Hazel McNaught who I would now consider to be one of the most competent professionals I have ever come across in the area of family law. I would say like Jane, Hazel was able to fairly balance the need to be attentive and show empathy whilst attacking the case head on like something I have never seen. Her true strength is in the financial detail. I cannot recommend enough this young and dynamic team at SM&B.”

CLIENT: Sascha Muench
COMPANY/FIRM: Director, Miss Mila Beauty
TESTIMONIAL: “Throughout the franchise agreement review, due diligence and negotiation process, Maninder Gill gave us invaluable guidance (based on his many years of practical expertise) and especially during negotiations he demonstrated his business acumen, pointing out the subtle differences between material legal/business requirements for future brand management and ‘commercial considerations’ which allowed more flexibility.

Maninder is an industry-leading professional whose advice we greatly valued and will continue to trust and rely upon for all our future franchise contracts and legal requirements.”

CLIENT: Adrian Hanstock
COMPANY/FIRM: Deputy Chief Constable, British Transport Police
TESTIMONIAL: “Thanks once again for the excellent approach you have all given to this complex and challenging matter (both professionally and personally). This has required significant negotiation skills and specialist attention to maintain our position in the face of sometimes hostile and critical response.”

CLIENT: Nicky Applegarth
COMPANY/FIRM: Managing Director, Ayima Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: “Working with Simon Halberstam is always a pleasure. He is able to put complex legal concepts into easy to understand terms, explains everything concisely, and delivers advice and input on complex IT contracts promptly and professionally. Definitely worth every pound spent, I would highly recommend Simon to any software company for his professionalism, advice and his ability to break down complex legal matters in an easy to understand way”.

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